Monday, February 13, 2012

Teleology and Yoga

[more Žižek on Heidegger from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman) - Badiou and Žižek will unashamedly tell you how great Heidegger is, and yet still leave us somewhat in the dark as to the nature of their debt to him.]

[Thill - February 6th, 2012 on 7:17 pm - He may have borrowed this notion from Aurobindo (I think Wilber has not acknowledged the full extent of Aurobindo’s influence on his writings).]

Sri Aurobindo, himself, borrowed from diverse sources and his vast intellectual canvas, without doubt, is a grand narrative. The overall ontological perspective is supra-rational, and so, the reader and his puny intellect matters little. But, towards the end of a page-long paragraph the Master might surprise by telling him either about his appointed role or incorrigibility and insignificance. His opposition to traditional interpretations is quite forceful at places, but deriving a clear picture eludes as he is dealing with multiple texts.

His metaphysical system, however, can be correlated to various past religions, but by anchoring eternity to history and evolution he pulls off a philosophical breakthrough. Whether such a teleological framework needs the leg of Yoga for its fruition may be debatable, but the way technology is embracing artificial intelligence, the levers of human volition are definitely going to influence far more areas than at present in an increasing fashion. Many might dub it as ultra-Materialism or club it with the tentacles of Capitalism, but to insist on mythological examples of supernatural feats might prove as acute anachronism. [TNM55]

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